Sunday, 19 February 2012

Looking Back : January 2012

I read eight books in January:
1. Matched by Ally Condie
2. 11.22.63 by Stephen King
3. The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen
4. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
5. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
6. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
7. A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard
8. Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
My favourite read of January was 11.22.63 by Stephen King. It was an amazing read that immerses you in the 1950s and 60s of America. It mixes time-travel, horror, nostalgia and the unease of deja vu. It was closely followed by Bittersweet and Poison Study. Bittersweet was a top star read which was not surprising since I now expect nothing less from the fabulously talented Sarah Ockler. I had heard a lot about the work of Maria V. Snyder and I had had the Poison Study trilogy unread on my shelves for ages and I'm so glad I've finally got around to starting them because Poison Study was brilliant and I can see why Snyder's fans rave about it.
Matched was a surprisingly good read too. I had previously read Delirium by Lauren Oliver and had constantly heard it compared to Matched and whilst I thought Delirium was an okay read I didn't think it lived up to the hype so I was initially skeptical about reading Matched. I'm glad I did though because in my opinion it surpassed Delirium and I can't wait to read the sequel (Crossed). Both A Small Free Kiss in the Dark and The Vampire Stalker were quick and good reads, the latter being quite light and the first with a vein of sorrow and depth running through it.
A Study in Scarlet was my first literary introduction to Sherlock Holmes and I found him to be and ingenious character. Whilst I thought the plot to be a bit ramshackle at times (especially the crazy Mormon tangent in the middle), I am intrigued to read more of Holmes. To The Lighthouse was an okay read. I think I read it at the wrong time of year and would be better suited to a long lazy summer day on the beach. The plot is almost non-existent but the characters philosophical musings do draw you in.
So overall a successful reading month and I only wish I could keep up to date with my blog as well :)

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